The Fans React to the Utah Fumble

Teammates fly down-field protecting  Joe Walker as he runs for the end-zone to tie the game at 7 against Utah.

Hey Duck fans, in case you missed it there was an unbelievable fumble by Utah WR Kaelin Clay that turned the entire game around. Okay, there was a hint of sarcasm there… I’m not sure how you could miss it, as it is one of the most talked about parts of this last weekend’s match-up in Salt Lake City.

Clay took full responsibility for his humiliating mistake and made no excuses. Good for him, but that doesn’t change the fact that it happened and it’s gonna be talked about for a long time. We have seen the replay in real-time, slow motion, in pictures and screenshots and heard what coaches, players and other reporters and analysts have said about this, but what are the fans saying?

On the Ducks Attack message board, fans have been discussing what their reaction was to the entire play. It’s interesting to see how many people were initially disappointed, concerned and then overwhelmed with joy as our own Duck, Joe Walker, booked it down-field with every other Duck on the field to score a 100-yard touchdown and tie the game at 7. OreDuck0185 said, “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Everyone around me was dejected, my head was in my hand. The cannon had gone off, the scoreboard had changed, Utah fans were going wild. Then a murmur went across. Suddenly I see the phalanx of ducks running down my sideline and the our section goes wild in disbelief.”

Other fans mentioned that the play was going to be replayed various times, very often for a long time. They also all agreed that this play would be on ESPN’s Not Top 10 this upcoming Friday. For me, I was at work when this play happened but there was almost no way I could focus on my work! In fact, the entire restaurant was on the edge of their seats as well. I see this entire possession in my head as though I have it recorded and just keep rewinding and playing it again. I’m sure that is something other fans, players, coaches and Clay can relate to.

Am I the only one who is reminded of “The Flying V” play in the Mighty Duck movie when reminiscing on this momentous touchdown? The formation of “The Flying V” wasn’t quite there, it was more of a flying blob of guys, however the men on the field definitely flew down the field with Walker, protecting him from any Utes that tried to interfere. What was your initial reaction to this fumble?

Joe Walker starts flying down-field accompanied by a mob of Ducks protecting him from Utes for 100 yards.

Joe Walker starts flying down-field accompanied by a mob of Ducks protecting him from Utes for 100 yards.




Quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack! Goooooo Ducks!




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McKalie Bellew

McKalie Bellew

McKalie Bellew just moved to Oregon from Arizona. She is a sophomore at Lane Community College and moved here to pursue her dream of studying Sports Journalism and Broadcasting at the University of Oregon. Her passion for sports is admirable and her determination and hunger for success in the sports field is fascinating; if you ever have the chance to talk to McKalie face-to-face about sports, you’ll know how much she loves these games just by the way her eyes light up during the conversation. When unable to attend Ducks home games you can find her in front of a television on the edge of her seat, cheering her crazed-fan-head off. McKalie appreciates your feedback and constructive-criticism to help her become a better writer and reporter.